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Rush of Russian IT Humanpower

Posted May. 06, 2001 07:45,   


The Russian wind is blowing around the IT industry, following the previous rush of Indian IT experts to Tae-duk Valley and Seoul Venture Valley. Even though the Russian high qualified human resources have strong intellectual background of physics and mathematics, their wages are low. So they seem best fit to the venture industries.

Song Hyun-sup, the team director of Korean Industrial Technology Association which aids the Russian humanpower’s move to Korea, said that among the qualified Russian human resources, there are many IT experts who can apply his or her idea as if they have blueprint in their minds. They had a trouble with settling down in Korea at first. But now they are successfully accommodating themselves in Korea based on the similar emotions and cultures of drinks to their Korean friends. Only about 200 Russian IT experts are working in Korea now. However, venture industries, which are still delayed in their technological base, are expected to want more and more Russian qualified human resources.

Russian experts are working in such fields as MP technology, communication equipment, laser technique, where the supply of humanpower is demanding in Korea. This phenomenon is contrasted to the fact that Indian human resources are usually focusing on the development of software.

Kim Young-dae, the CEO of Darim Vision in Tae-duk valley, said that currently 8 Russian IT experts are working on the technique of condensation in his company. And only the fact that they are working in his company helps his technical exchange with foreign companies.

A Russian worker in Emgate, a mobile solution industry, expressed his satisfaction here, `I`ve got payed here 5 times more than in Russian, I am satisfied since my job is almost the same as in Russia, and so no big trouble.`

Yang hee-woong heewoong@donga.com